The Successful Impact of Collaboration for Sustainable Indigenous Community Economic Development

In this presentation, Ruby Littlechild will share the “prosperity through collaboration” approach that the AACCC took to achieve their phenomenal success at the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre. Ruby has been the Manager of the AACCC since its opening in 2015. The AACCC is structured to achieve the following objectives for the Indigenous Albertans, and prospective employers.

Presented by: Ruby Littlechild, Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre

Ruby Littlechild is Plains Cree and originally from Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada.  
Ruby's primary passion is promoting inclusion, equality, higher education, diversity, mentoring, healing from colonization for Indigenous people. She works towards alleviating systemic barriers, stigmas and stereotypes that Indigenous people face. Ruby has completed a Bachelors of Arts Degree and a Master’s of Education Degree, and recently completed her MBA - Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. Ruby has previously worked for the Government of Alberta, APEGA - Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is currently the Manager of the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College, which she helped launch.  She is a current Board of Director for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and a Human Services Appeals Panel Member.  Ruby believes collaboration, stakeholder engagement, reclaiming Indigenous identity, and the understanding of historical and cultural awareness are key factors in successful Indigenous Community Economic Development.